News Release

November 29, 2012

Day of Farm Worker set for Dec. 9

The arduous work of the agricultural worker will be celebrated and appreciated during the Day of the Farm Worker, a free event sponsored by the Santa Barbara County Education Office’s Migrant Education Program and its community partners from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9 at the Santa Maria Fair Park.

The celebration will offer free health screenings, free clothing and books, flu shots, blood pressure checks, vision screenings, fluoride varnish for children under six, chiropractic evaluations, healthy meal demonstrations, physical activity demonstrations, community agency information fair, live music and entertainment. Food will be available for purchase.

“Local businesses and organizations benefit from the products and services consumed by agricultural workers and their families,” said County Superintendent Bill Cirone, whose office coordinates the event. “We all benefit, in turn, from the wonderful gifts agricultural workers provide to our own families: meats, vegetables, fruits, dairy, seeds, nuts, grains, eggs, and much more. It is fitting that we pay tribute to their hard work and accomplishments,” he said.

The Migrant Education Program is a national program that provides educational, health, and social support services to eligible children and young adults from 0 to 21 years of age. California has more than 170,000 migrant children enrolled in its 24 regions. Region 18 serves Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, which are home to more than 2,800 migrant children and young adults. Information about whether a child qualifies for services is available by contacting the regional office in Santa Maria at 922-0788 or by asking a Migrant Education Services Specialist at the Day of the Farm Worker event.

“Our nation’s economy depends on the agricultural industry,” said Superintendent Cirone. “We hope the community will join us in paying tribute to the workers of this vital industry.”

Further information is available by contacting the Migrant Education Office in Santa Maria at 922-0788.